Students in this course research objects and specimens from the RISD Nature Lab for inspiration and guidance as they explore color, pattern, texture and form in a series of experimental samples leading to the development and completion of a larger woven fine art piece or inspiration for a design series. Beyond replication of surfaces and pattern, students are challenged to investigate natural processes such as growth, structure and form found in biological systems. These inquiries serve as conceptual catalysts for exploration of material and weave structure. Students learn to set up and weave on a 4-harness handloom, and incorporate a variety of weave structures, including plain, twill, tapestry, pile and double layer, as well as manipulation techniques that can be done both on and off the loom to create two- and three-dimensional shape and form. Observation, research, experimentation and concept development are included in each student’s work process, and imagination, invention and personal expression are emphasized throughout. The course is open weavers of all levels. Note: The tuition provides access to the Textile Department’s extensive yarn collection, which includes a range of fibers, textures, colors and materials. Students may need to purchase additional materials specific to individual projects.
June 22–July 28, 2020
Mondays + Tuesdays
9 am–4 pm
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380